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A dust cloud rises as people run from the scene of the building collapse.
Emergency personnel and others rescue a man from the rubble shortly after the building collapsed.
Emergency personnel respond to the building collapse on the edge of downtown in Philadelphia Wednesday.
The building collapsed at 22nd and Market streets in Philadelphia.
The accident happened at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday on the western edge of downtown, between the city's business district and its main train station.
The collapse involved a building that once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. It collapsed, sending debris onto a Salvation Army corner thrift store next door. The two are adjacent to an adult bookstore and theatre that had been taken down earlier.
Rescuers were using buckets and their bare hands to move bricks and rubble to search for survivors.
A Philadelphia firefighter (center) lays in the rubble with his hand thrust into the empty area as emergency personnel go through the rubble looking for survivors.
Philadelphia firefighters carry a survivor from the rubble of the building.
The city had issued a demolition permit for the four-story structure on Feb. 1.
A window washer who had been working across the street for several days said the demolition crew left 30 feet of a dividing wall up with no braces and it compromised the integrity of the building.
The city's Department of Licenses and Inspections said there were no existing violations on the building and the demolition company had proper permits for the work they were doing.
Police keep onlookers behind yellow tape near the collapsed building. Witnesses said they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before the collapse.
The remaining rubble after the four-storey building collapsed in central Philadelphia.
Philadelphia firefighters bring out a tarp to block the view as a body is removed from the rubble.
Rescue personnel evacuate an injured person from the scene.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (center right) and License and Inspections commissioner Carlton Williams update the media on the status of the search operations. The mayor indicated six people were dead and at least 13 others were injured.
Emergency personnel work into Wednesday evening.
Firefighters stand by while others look for anyone trapped among the debris. Deputy Fire Chief Robert Coyne said early Thursday that 61-year-old Myra Plekam was pulled from the debris more than 12 hours after the building collapsed. She was reported as being awake and talking to rescuers, and is the 14th survivor of Wednesday's collapse.
Firefighters watch as the crane pulls debris away from the the site of the collapsed building on Wednesday night.
A dust cloud rises as people run from the scene of the building collapse. - Jordan McLaughlin / The Associated Press
Emergency personnel and others rescue a man from the rubble shortly after the building collapsed. - Jordan McLaughlin / The Associated Press
Emergency personnel respond to the building collapse on the edge of downtown in Philadelphia Wednesday. - Jordan McLaughlin / The Associated Press
The building collapsed at 22nd and Market streets in Philadelphia. - David Swanson / Tribune Media MCT
The accident happened at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday on the western edge of downtown, between the city's business district and its main train station. - Michael Bryant / The Associated Press
The collapse involved a building that once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above. It collapsed, sending debris onto a Salvation Army corner thrift store next door. The two are adjacent to an adult bookstore and theatre that had been taken down earlier. - Luke Rafferty / Tribune Media MCT
Rescuers were using buckets and their bare hands to move bricks and rubble to search for survivors. - Jacqueline Larma / The Associated Press
A Philadelphia firefighter (center) lays in the rubble with his hand thrust into the empty area as emergency personnel go through the rubble looking for survivors. - Michael Bryant / Tribune Media MCT
Philadelphia firefighters carry a survivor from the rubble of the building. - Michael Bryant / The Associated Press
The city had issued a demolition permit for the four-story structure on Feb. 1. - Jacqueline Larma / The Associated Press
A window washer who had been working across the street for several days said the demolition crew left 30 feet of a dividing wall up with no braces and it compromised the integrity of the building. - Jacqueline Larma / The Associated Press
The city's Department of Licenses and Inspections said there were no existing violations on the building and the demolition company had proper permits for the work they were doing. - Jacqueline Larma / The Associated Press
Police keep onlookers behind yellow tape near the collapsed building. Witnesses said they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before the collapse. - Jonathan Hudson / The Associated Press
The remaining rubble after the four-storey building collapsed in central Philadelphia. - Dino Hazell / The Associated Press
Philadelphia firefighters bring out a tarp to block the view as a body is removed from the rubble. - Andrew Renneisen / The Associated Press
Rescue personnel evacuate an injured person from the scene. - Jacqueline Larma / The Associated Press
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (center right) and License and Inspections commissioner Carlton Williams update the media on the status of the search operations. The mayor indicated six people were dead and at least 13 others were injured. - Andrew Renneisen / The Associated Press
Emergency personnel work into Wednesday evening. - Andrew Renneisen / The Associated Press
Firefighters stand by while others look for anyone trapped among the debris. Deputy Fire Chief Robert Coyne said early Thursday that 61-year-old Myra Plekam was pulled from the debris more than 12 hours after the building collapsed. She was reported as being awake and talking to rescuers, and is the 14th survivor of Wednesday's collapse. - Stephanie Aaronson / The Associated Press
Firefighters watch as the crane pulls debris away from the the site of the collapsed building on Wednesday night. - Stephanie Aaronson / The Associated Press

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